How to Spot Tonights Halloween Blue Moon & A Few Planets, Too

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And lastly, theres Uranus. Youre going to require a telescope for this one, and the planet will appear like a small blue-green disc. Heres where to discover it, courtesy of Michele Debczak at Mental Floss:.
Spotting Uranus at opposition will be a little more tough in 2020 than in years past. The phenomenon coincides with a moon that will make dimmer planets and stars– including Uranus– harder to see in the night sky. The world beings in the constellation Aries, which sadly appears near to the moon for the majority of the night.

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Best of all, its complimentary and you can most likely see it from your own backyard (or fire escape). Not only is there an unusual Blue Moon tonight, however theres also the possibility of finding Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus.

What about those planets? Mars will be in the southeast sky, where itll be the brightest thing up there, after the moon. Next up: Saturn and Jupiter. “Theyll be the two intense dots dancing beside each other to the west,” Nicholas St. Fleur writes for the New York Times. “Jupiter will outperform its ringed cousin and be the brightest non-moon object on this half of the sky.” Plus, if youre able to get up prior to dawn on Sunday morning, youll also be able to see Venus and perhaps Mercury listed below it.

According to Jamie Carter at Forbes, heres where to look:.
Look east as the Sun sets in the west. In practice you will not see the moon appear until about 10-15 minutes after the moonrise time due to the fact that of climatic cloud short on the horizon and other obstructions.

Where and when to find the moon and planets.
First things first: the moon will not really be blue. However, for a brief duration– as it rises above the eastern horizon– it will be orange, which is a lot more appropriate provided the holiday. When exactly will that occur? It depends upon where you live, but you can examine on that here. In New York City, for instance, moonrise will be at 6:13 pm tonight.

Fingers crossed for clear skies!

Not just is there a rare Blue Moon tonight, but theres likewise the possibility of spotting Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. Things first: the moon will not actually be blue. Mars will be in the southeast sky, where itll be the brightest thing up there, after the moon. The phenomenon coincides with a full moon that will make dimmer planets and stars– consisting of Uranus– harder to see in the night sky. The planet sits in the constellation Aries, which regrettably appears close to the moon for many of the night.